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Job Specification

HISTORIC PRESERVATION SPECIALIST 1 

DEFINITION

Under close supervision of a Historic Preservation Specialist 3 or other supervisory 
official, performs scientific work including field and office studies;  conducts 
surveys to identify historic and archaeological resources using appropriate scientific
methods; conducts inspections, or investigations associated with the enforcement 
of historic preservation laws and/or regulations and historic preservation review; 
prepares State/National Register nominations; reviews projects, including studying 
and evaluating the impact of specific projects on historic properties, for compliance 
with state and federal law, analyzes complex technical problems and makes 
recommendations for protection and management of historic and/or archaeological 
resources based upon current scientific research in the fields of archaeology and/or 
historic preservation ; organizes and maintains cultural resource data, provides 
assistance to various historic site programs, and administers grants and/or 
preservation education programs; does other related duties as required.

NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. 
A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job 
specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

Reviews local, county, state and federally funded, sponsored or licensed projects
to determine effect of the project on cultural resources, and if appropriate 
recommends mitigation or avoidance measures in accordance with state and 
federal law.  

Reviews and assesses Environmental Impact Statements, received from the 
environmental and historic preservation consultants, under the requirements 
of New Jersey State Statutes and federal law.

Reviews plans, specifications, and environmental impact documents

Review and evaluation of project budgets

Preparation, execution and administration of project grant agreements

Conducts field investigations of proposed projects to assess potential for 
impacts on historic properties.

Organizes studies to compile data from primary and secondary sources to 
be used in identifying, evaluating, and treating historic properties.

Collects and evaluates technical, scientific data to be used to provide solutions 
to historic preservation problems.

Works with appropriate personnel to minimize adverse effects to historic 
properties or develop new treatments that meet the Standards for the 
Treatment of Historic Properties.

Researches, prepares, and revises routine State/National Register 
nomination applications including conducting field investigations of the site.

Reviews routine cultural resource surveys prior to entry into the NJ Historic 
Sites Inventory.

Locates and identifies historic sites and districts utilizing available Geographic 
Information Systems databases and uses this information in eligibility analysis, 
nominations, reports and cultural resource reviews. 

Provides assistance and consultation to State and local law enforcement
agencies in providing for the protection of certain publicly owned archaeological 
findings and archaeological sites, under P.L.1983, c.324 and Title 23, Title 27, 
Title 40, and Title 58 of the Revised Statutes.

Conducts inspections of historic properties or archaeologically sensitive areas 
for which there is a historic preservation easement or restrictive covenant.  
Monitors historic preservation easements for compliance with state and/or 
federal guidelines. 

Investigates complaints of violations of state and federal historic preservation
law.

Participates in or assists in conducting public hearings for nominations to the 
New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places and/or project reviews 
pursuant to State and federal guidelines 

Assists in collecting information and developing recommendations for
revisions to State statutes, including but not limited to New Jersey Register 
of Historic Places Act, Highlands Preservation Act, Green Acres, Garden 
State Preservation Trust, Freshwater Wetlands Act, Waterfront Development 
Act, Coastal Areas Facilities Review Act, Pinelands Preservation Act and 
their associated rules. 

Assists in implementation and compliance with the Open Public Records Act. 

Prepares notification of intent to nominate properties to the State/National 
Register in accord with state and federal regulations.

Performs field investigations of historic sites and districts. 

Review grant applications and prepares deficiency letters, grant award
recommendations, and letters of withdrawal and denial for supervisor 
review and signature.

Reviews project initiating materials and fiscal documentation from grant 
recipients.

Assists in office accounting, purchasing, and invoice processing.

Serves as staff to the NJ Historic Sites Council and the NJ State Review 
Board for Historic Sites.

Serves as liaison for the NJ Historic Trust, and/or other historical, 
educational, and social groups.

Participates in project meetings with planning, design, and construction 
personnel.

Meet with citizens, public officials, and others on historic preservation 
matters.

Identifies and labels Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates on 
the US Geological Survey maps for State/National Register nominations.

Identifies, describes, researches, analyzes, photographs, maps, or otherwise 
records information concerning properties being inventoried.

Compiles dates for and drafts fiscal portions of the Annual Preservation 
Work Plan and application for federal Historic Preservation Funds.

Prepares routine releases and/or brochures.

Attends meetings, lectures, seminars, and conferences. 

Organizes, maintains, and retrieves cultural resource data from the 
NJ Historic Sites Inventory, State and National Register, project-specific 
surveys, and office library.

Prepares correspondence in the course of official duties.

May prepare clear, technically sound, accurate, and informative reports 
containing finding, conclusions, and recommendations.

Maintains essential records and files.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual 
recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's 
degree in American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, 
Landscape Architecture, Architectural History, History, or Historic Preservation.

NOTE: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's 
degree including or supplemented by twenty-one (21) semester hour credits 
in professional planning subjects such as land use planning, historic city 
planning, planning project design, or planning law and administration may 
be substituted for the indicated education requirement.

NOTE:  Possession of a valid certificate as a Registered Architect issued by 
the NJ Board of Registered Architects may be substituted for the required 
education.

NOTE:  Possession of a valid license as a Professional Planner issued by 
the NJ State Board of Professional Planners may be substituted for the 
required education.

NOTE:  A Masterís degree in an area of study listed above will fulfill the 
educational requirement for the title. 

NOTE:  Applicants holding a Master's degree in History or Architectural History 
will be required to have a specialization in American History or American 
Architecture, respectively.

EXPERIENCE: 

One (1) year of experience in historic site surveying, historic preservation 
planning, or any combination of the following: detailed investigation of historic 
structures; preparation of historic structures research reports and/or preparation 
or review of plans/specifications for preservation projects; research writing, or
related activity with an historic organization, agency; research and/or writing in 
American architectural history and/or restoration architecture; and/or experience 
in archaeological research, administration, management, and/or study of 
archaeological resources.

NOTE:  A Masterís degree in American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, 
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architectural History, History or Historic 
Preservation, may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
 
LICENSE:

Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey 
only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility is necessary 
to perform essential duties of the position.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the New Jersey Register of Historic Places Act, National Historic 
Preservation Act, Highlands Preservation Act, Green Acres, Garden State 
Preservation Trust, Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act, Waterfront Development 
Act, Coastal Areas Facilities Review Act, Pinelands Preservation Act and their 
associated rules

Knowledge of methods and techniques involved in evaluation of Environmental 
Impact Statements with respect to technical principles.

Knowledge of principles, objectives, standards, and techniques of historic 
preservation.

Knowledge of methods/techniques used to evaluate proposed alterations 
to historic properties.

Knowledge of principles, technical methods, procedures, and purpose of 
architectural and/or archaeological survey.

Knowledge of the Open Public Records Act. 

Knowledge of the National Register Program.

Knowledge of principles, standards, and techniques used in historical 
research/writing.

Knowledge of photographic techniques.

Knowledge of accounting and grants management techniques.

Knowledge of rules, regulations, and guidelines associated with the federal 
grant process.
 
Ability to learn about Geographic Information Systems to identify and map 
sites and/or districts.

Ability to learn to read and understand architectural/engineering plans and 
specifications. 

Ability to learn about New Jersey history, architecture, archaeology, or culture
cultural resources. 

Ability to learn about state laws, rules, and regulations relevant to historic 
preservation and cultural resource management.

Ability to learn about responsibilities, programs, standards, policies, and 
procedures relevant to cultural resource management and historic preservation.

Ability to conduct research utilizing original, primary, and secondary source 
materials to prepare National Register nominations and interpretive materials.

Ability to provide information/assistance to the public concerning programs 
and basic historic preservation issues.

Ability to follow oral and written instruction.

Ability to assist in critical examination of plans, specifications, reports, and 
resolutions for the construction of proposed projects.

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with 
representatives from local, federal, and state agencies, historic/environmental 
groups, and members of the general public.

Ability to publically speak and conduct public meetings/hearings informing 
constituents about topics including but not limited to state and federal laws, 
regulations, project reviews, nominations and programs.

Ability to organize assigned work, analyze problems, develop effective work 
methods, and complete assignments on schedule.

Ability to compose correspondence and technical reports in a clear, sound, 
accurate, and informative manner.

Ability to prepare correspondence in the course of official duties.

Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative reports containing 
findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Ability to maintain records and files.

Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and 
information systems and software used by the agency, office, or related 
units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English 
sufficiently to perform duties of this position. American Sign Language 
or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they 
can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable 
accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be made because it 
would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be 
eligible.


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Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

3/3/2018